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06.25.21: Year End Thank Yous and Farewells


Principal's Letter

Dear Parents, 

The last day of school! I know your children are excited. I have to admit that I am excited to see this year come to an end, too. 

While it’s been an incredibly challenging year, we’ve also had so many successes. I am proud of your children’s resilience and fortitude. They have learned a great deal — both in and out of the classroom over the last year. I know that their new understanding of their world will enrich their thinking as they move forward, and the skills and knowledge they gained will ensure that they are well-equipped for their next steps. I am grateful to the dedicated faculty for shepherding them through the year and transforming their teaching to our blended model. 

The DOE has given parents the flexibility of changing a final average from a passing numeric average to a PASS. If, for example, your child has received a 73 as a final grade (year-end grade) in science, and you want to change that to a final grade of a P, you may request that change be made. In order to request the change, the final average must be 65 or higher. Parents who want a grade changed to a PASS, should complete this form by July 2nd. 

Regents Exam grades will not be visible until next week. If you would like the exam score removed from your child’s transcript, please complete this form by July 6, 2021.

As we look towards September and get more information about the coming year, I will share it with you. Please be on the lookout for our Summer Town Hall.  

Summer Reading and Assignments: Please remind your children that they are expected to read a minimum of three books over the summer and to complete the writing assignment. Supply Lists will be forthcoming.  

I will be splitting my time this summer between our summer school site (PS75) and Booker T., so if you need to get in touch with me, the best way to do so is by email.  

Wishing you and your children a wonderful summer! 

Elana Elster 

Planning for 2021-2022 School Year. We are anticipating a full in-person return for the 2021-2022 school year (pending the DOE's COVID-19-related guidance). While we are still finalizing details, see what we know so far. We will continue to update as we near the beginning of the Fall term.
ALL NYC public school families, regardless of their income, will receive up to $1,320 per child on their P-EBT cards this summer to help cover the cost of missed school meals while students learned remotely. The amount of the benefit will depend on how many days of school a student attended in-person versus online. Learn more HERE.
The school store is now closed for the summer.  
Any items that weren't retrieved will be stored in the PTA closet and can be picked up in September. If you're interested in helping with the school store next year, please email
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Thanks to all the parents who came out for the seventh-grade spring get togethers! Ms. Pasiak won the bouquet of flowers for the highest homeroom attendance for the kite flying event. Thanks to all our teachers for your amazing work with our students this year!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the end of year Teacher + Staff gift fund. Amazon gift cards were distributed to everyone who works in the school on Wednesday and there has been an outpouring of appreciation for the generosity of our families. Thank you for recognizing the efforts of our school family during this exceptionally challenging year!
Thank You, Parents!

Thank you to all the parent leaders, advocates, class parents, volunteers, donors, and participants who made the best possible lemonade from the lemons we were given this year. Our community came together in so many new and brilliant ways, giving us hope, connection, and laughter when we needed it most. We are so grateful each of you! Here's a look back at some of our many accomplishments.
Please stay in touch this summer! Our newsletters may be coming out less frequently, but you'll always find the most up-to-date information on the website, Facebook, and Instagram. And of course, you can always email if you have a question. Have a wonderful summer, friends!

Are you thinking about Wellness activities for the summer and upcoming school year? Contact Alison Gardy at with your ideas and questions. Visit Wellness Committee - MS54 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON to check out the archive of Wellness Meeting summaries over the past year. Wishing you all a healthy, healing, happy summer!

School Meetings + Events

Summer Town Hall
Date and Time TBD

First Day of School
September 13, 2021 

For more details, please consult the MS54 Calendar!

DOE Info & Community Updates

New items are listed below. To see previously listed but still active notices, please see the DOE Info and Community Updates page on the MS54 website.

NYC Summer Activities Guide
Find tons of fun activities to keep the whole family busy this summer in Mommy Poppins NYC Ultimate NYC Summer Activities Guide.
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